The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs
Spokesperson


Paris - April 10, 2020
In this issue:

◢  China – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Chinese counterpart (April 9, 2020)

◢  Yemen – Announcement of a ceasefire by Saudi Arabia (April 9, 2020)

 
China – Telephone conversation between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Chinese counterpart (April 9, 2020)

Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke today, for the fourth time since the end of January, with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, State Councilor and Foreign Minister, about the international dimension of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. During this positive and trust-based discussion, the two ministers addressed the multilateral aspects of the current global crisis, notably within the framework of the UN and the WHO, including with respect to the situation in Africa, as well as the continued practical implementation of the air bridge between China and France to transport medical equipment, in the most efficient way possible.



Yemen – Announcement of a ceasefire by Saudi Arabia (April 9, 2020)

While the troubling humanitarian situation in Yemen is likely to be exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, we call on all parties to suspend hostilities, in keeping with the UN secretary-general's appeal for a humanitarian truce.

Saudi Arabia announced a two-week ceasefire in Yemen, as of today. France welcomes this positive signal aimed at easing tensions, in order to help bring the parties back to the negotiating table.

France again underscores the need for a political solution in Yemen, the only way to put an end to the conflict. It lends its support to the mediation efforts of Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Martin Griffiths to promote the resumption, without preconditions, of the discussions on a comprehensive and inclusive political agreement.


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